Twins Bar's liquor license in limbo following city commission vote

By KBJR News 1

June 4, 2014 Updated Jun 4, 2014 at 10:14 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Twins Bar in Downtown Duluth is on the brink of losing its liquor license, permanently.

The Duluth Alcohol, Gambling and Tobacco Commission voted Wednesday night to recommend full revocation of the East 4th Street's bar's liquor license to the City Council for action.

The Twins bar has been shrouded in controversy since it reopened under new management in November 2013.

Data obtained in February revealed police calls to the bar tripled since its reopening.

Since its opening, records show there have been 75 police calls to the bar.

One incident, in February, involved a security guard firing two shots at a man with a gun, who didn't comply when he was told to put the gun down.

As a result, police sent the property owner of the Twins, and its business owner, an Excessive Use of Police Services letter, essentially allowing them to charge up to $250 per call over the span of 90 days.

Wednesday's decision by the commission came after a nearly three hour hearing, that included testimony and police reports.

The bar's owner, Carl Green, says the disturbance calls made against the bar are not true.

"The nuisance calls came for the Twins Bar. I think they were calls from around the community or people who dislike the Twins Bar or people wanted to invest in the Twins Bar. These people made the phone calls, or set people up to make these calls. I don't believe they were legitimate telephone calls."

Green added, if the council votes to pull the license, he would likely file a lawsuit against the Duluth Police Department and the City of Duluth.

If approved by the City Council, license revocation would take affect no sooner than 10 days after the Council votes on the issue.

The council is expected to take up the issue at Monday's meeting.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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